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  • Dispelling Myths about the American Revolution

    Dispelling Myths about the American Revolution

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    A report on a talk by Glenn F. Williams By Nancy Spannaus February 23, 2024—A presentation by well-known military historian Glenn F. Williams[1] to the Sergeant Lawrence Everhart chapter of the Sons of the American Revolution Feb. 21 provides a perfect opportunity to dispel some dominant myths about the American […]Read More »
  • Abraham Lincoln’s Debt to Alexander Hamilton

    Abraham Lincoln’s Debt to Alexander Hamilton

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    D.C. Lincoln Birthday Commemoration features Spannaus talk By Nancy Spannaus Feb. 14, 2024—I was honored to have the privilege of addressing this year’s Lincoln Birthday dinner of the Military Order of the Loyal Legion of the United States (MOLLUS). My topic was Abraham Lincoln’s Debt to Alexander Hamilton, a theme […]Read More »
  • The Destruction of Slavery During the Civil War

    The Destruction of Slavery During the Civil War

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    A review of James Oakes’ Freedom National: The Destruction of Slavery in the United States, 1861-1865, W.W. Norton & Co., 2013 by Nancy Spannaus Feb. 8, 2024—In this extensive review of the fight over U.S. government policy toward the enslaved during the Civil War, James Oakes brings to light a […]Read More »
  • National Infrastructure Bank Legislation Makes Progress

    National Infrastructure Bank Legislation Makes Progress

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    By Nancy Spannaus* Jan. 31, 2024—While the dominant discussion in the U.S. Congress centers around budget cuts, immigration, and war, there are a growing number of national legislators who are exemplary in taking their Constitutional responsibility to provide for the general welfare seriously. These are the 25 Democratic members of […]Read More »
  • Spannaus Classes Coming Up in February

    Spannaus Classes Coming Up in February

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    Jan. 24, 2024—Ready to learn some history that will challenge today’s popular assumptions? Public historian Nancy Spannaus, author of the just-released book Defeating Slavery: Hamilton’s American System Showed the Way, will be presenting two classes by zoom in February that will do just that. What you learn may even help […]Read More »
  • Benjamin Franklin’s Fight for Credit

    Benjamin Franklin’s Fight for Credit

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    By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 19, 2024—One of the lesser-known writings of Founding Father Benjamin Franklin is his 1729 paper entitled A Modest Enquiry into the Nature and Necessity of a Paper-Currency. In celebration of Franklin’s 318th birthday (Jan. 17, 1706), I have decided to once again bring this document to […]Read More »
  • A Lesson from Martin Luther King

    A Lesson from Martin Luther King

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    Racial segregation and “Jim Crow” were created to break up Black-White cooperation  By Edward Spannaus Jan. 14, 2024–At a time when Dr. Martin Luther King’s image has become so sanitized as to become almost unrecognizable, it is useful to recall what he actually said, as opposed to what it is […]Read More »
  • Hamilton Embarks on his Road to Revolution

    Hamilton Embarks on his Road to Revolution

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    Hamilton Embarks on his Road to Revolution In celebration of his birthday, January 11, 1755 By Nancy Spannaus Jan. 10, 2024—As the traditional date of Alexander Hamilton’s birthday approaches, I searched my brain for an appropriate tribute to the statesman who played such a critical role in establishing our republic. […]Read More »